How to Overcome Your Fear Of Sharing Content

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Every week or two I receive the following question: “Aren’t you worried about your competitors stealing your content?” If that isn’t the question, then it sounds like this: “How did you come to terms with publishing, knowing that your competitors would have access to your work?” This question gets to what is at the heart of so many failed content marketing strategies: fear.Listen, if you are going to have a content marketing strategy, the greatest mistake you can make is withholding. Your content is not going to be interesting, compelling, or useful if you withhold your ideas, your insights, your experience, and your personality. .Here is the math.Be KnownOne of the reasons content marketing is such an effective strategy is that it allows you to be known. Developing and producing content provides you with an opportunity to be seen by your prospective clients or customers. It creates awareness.But when you withhold and instead develop content you believe to be safe, it isn’t interesting or useful, and it isn’t likely to be seen or read. It’s almost certainly not going to be shared. When you withhold your best content, you waste the opportunity to be known.It is better to be known than to be unknown. Obscurity isn’t a marketing strategy. Safe is dangerous.Be A Value CreatorIf you want new customers, it isn’t enough to be known. You have to be known for the value that you create. This is what differentiates and defines you in a marketplace with a glut of offerings that look like yours.When you withhold, you deprive your prospective client of understanding how you create value. You derive them of the experience of what it might be like to work with you or buy what you sell. They can’t tell what you believe is important and why.It is better to be known as someone with the chops to help than it is to be known without being known for your special something.Everything Is KnownWell, not everything is known. But most anything that you believe is a unique and original idea that is too valuable to ever publish is known. Only the most arrogant or the delusional believe that they have the market cornered on creativity and new ideas.Even though much is known, what isn’t known is your take on things. You have ideas. You have opinions. You believe that some things are more important than others. Share that.You don’t need very many original ideas, but you do need to share your take on the big ideas, the big principles, and all the things you believe. Withholding what you believe makes your content uninteresting.Your Competitors Have Their Own IdeasBelieve it or not, your competitors have their own ideas. Some of them believe their ideas are better and more powerful than yours. Some of our competitors believe you are flat-out wrong and would never dream of “borrowing” one of your ideas.You don’t have to spend much time worrying about copycats stealing your content. Your concern is better saved for your competitors with chops of their own out garnering their own attention and establishing themselves.Sometimes we fear on the wrong danger. We fear publishing because we worry about releasing our ideas into the wild where our competitors will have unfettered access. The greater fear should be in not publishing and eliminating any possibility of being known and being recognized as someone who creates value.last_img read more

Congress expels Lalzirliana in Mizoram

first_imgMizoram’s ruling Congress party on Monday expelled R. Lalzirliana, three days after the veteran politician resigned as the poll-bound State’s Home Minister.Mr. Lalzirliana, a vice president of the party’s State unit, was regarded as the most influential Congress leader in Mizoram after Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who would be completing his second successive term when elections to the 40-member assembly are held by the year end.“We had to issue the expulsion order for the larger interest of the party and under the present circumstances,” C. Lalpianthanga, chairman of the disciplinary action committee of the Congress’s Mizoram State unit said in a statement, explaining the rationale behind the party’s decision. Mr. Lalpianthanga added that the party had tried to avoid expelling Mr. Lalzirliana, 69, who had been a “pillar of strength” and a “guiding force”.The Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) had on September 14 served a show-cause notice to Mr. Lalzirliana — hours before he announced his resignation from the State Cabinet — asking him to clarify several statements reportedly made by him to the local media that could ‘affect the integrity’ of the party.There has been speculation in the local media in recent days that Mr. Lalzirliana may be set to join a rival party, with the most widely talked about possibility being the Mizo National Front (MNF). The MNF is a member of the North East Development Alliance of regional parties helmed by the Bharatiya Janata Party.While MNF president and former chief minister Zoramthanga has indicated Mr. Lalzirliana could join his party, speculation of a possible move to the National People’s Party also gathered momentum after Meghalaya’s Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong called on him at his residence in Aizawl last week.Mr. Lalzirliana, who is yet to spell out his plans, has, however, insisted that the recent chain of events had been triggered by his unwillingness to compromise over his demand for declaring Saitual and the area it administers a full-fledged district.“The Chief Minister had promised to upgrade Saitual into a district but failed to do so,” he said.Saitual is the major town of Tawi constituency that Mr. Lalzirliana has represented for four terms.Separately, the portfolios handled by the expelled leader including the crucial Home, Excise and Power ministries were put under the direct charge of Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, according to a notification from the State government.last_img read more

India A lose by 235 runs against South Africa A in first ‘Test’

first_imgPutting up an abject batting display, India A lost the first unofficial ‘Test’ against South Africa by 235 runs to trail the two-match series 0-1.Chasing a mammoth victory target of 447, India were all out for 211 in their second innings with pacer Junior Dala grabbing five for 36 in 10.1 overs.Starting the day at 192 for six, India A added only 19 runs as they lost three wickets. Vijay Shankar, who got injured in the first innings did not come out to bat.It was a poor show by India A as they were outclassed by the hosts in all departments during the match.For the record, not a single Indian batsmen could cross half-century mark in both innings with Ankit Bawne’s 46 being the top score.Most of the specialist batsmen got out in their 20s in the second innings.While Bawne was the only one who showed temperament for the longer format, young keeper-batsmen Ishan Kishan approached his innings with a T20 mindset, hitting 39 off 32 balls.Brief Score: South Africa 346 and 220/5 declaredIndia A 120 & 211 (Ankit Bawne 46, Ishan Kishan 39, Junior Dala 5/36). India A lost by 235 runs.last_img read more

Mira Rajput brutally trolled for endorsing anti-ageing creams at 23

first_imgThere has always been much speculation about Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput foraying into Bollywood, ever since the duo tied the knot. Mira took the first step into acting and made her debut in a TV commercial for an anti-ageing cream.Unlike adoring hubby Shahid, netizens found reasons to troll her and were merciless with their attacks. People questioned why she was endorsing an anti-ageing cream at the age of 23.Many found her acting skills “fake” and others said that she should show her face, “without any lighting” or make-up, before endorsing the cream. Mira Rajput gets trolledMira had shared the video on her Instagram account yesterday. She captioned the video, “Being a mother doesn’t mean you stop being yourself right? Here’s my #Reborn story… what’s yours?”Clad in a black dress and sporting heels, Mira shares her experience of being a mother, who gets so lost in motherhood that she does not find time for herself. Anti-ageing cream makes her glow again.Mira then says that she is pregnant again and she is prepared for it.In 2017, in an interview to a daily, Shahid opened up about Mira’s aspirations for acting. “She has not told me yet. I don’t think it’s something on her mind. At least not that I know of!”advertisementHe also said that both of them had been getting a lot of offers to do a film together. “Mira and I have been offered films together. Now toh, very often actually. Mira’s getting more popular (laughs). But no, obviously she didnt’ take up any of them,” he said.ALSO READ | Mira Rajput takes over Shahid Kapoor’s Instagram. The result is hilariousALSO READ | Mira Rajput is pregnant, Shahid Kapoor confirms with big sister Misha’s photoALSO WATCH | Media troubles my wife Mira, but she can handle it, says Shahid Kapoorlast_img read more


first_imgThe corn and soybean crops in Iowa and Nebraska are significantly ahead of schedule and looking very good for a plentiful harvest this fall.The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its weekly crop progress report Monday says Nebraska corn is rated 87 percent good to excellent and in Iowa its 79 percent.Soybeans are 85 percent good to excellent in Nebraska. In Iowa it’s 76 percent.The crops are significantly ahead in development in both states.last_img

James Washington Passes Dez Bryant, Now a Top-5 OSU Receiver

first_imgJames Washington’s 82-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against Kansas State not only jump-started the Cowboy’s comeback, it pushed the junior wideout into the top five in all-time receiving yards at Oklahoma State.Here’s the current list:Rashaun Woods – 4,414 yardsJustin Blackmon – 3,564 yardsHart Lee Dykes – 3,510 yardsD’Juan Woods – 2,751 yardsJames Washington – 2,517 yardsDez Bryant – 2,425 yardsAfter a career-low one catch for nine yards against Kansas, Washington has strung together back to back 117-yard performances.I outlined the likelihood of Washington making it to No. 4 after that KU-game.That goal is even more realistic now. Washington needs to get 235 yards in the last four games (including the bowl game) to pass D’Juan Woods. That’s an average of 58.5 yards per game, almost 50 yards less than his current average of 108.2.At that average, Washington is on pace to reach 1,407 yards this year. That’s the most at OSU since Justin Blackmon’s 2011 1,522-yard campaign.Here’s the most impressive part.Rashaun Woods is the all-time Cowboy receiver with 4,414 yards. If Washington reaches that 1,407 yards this year (2,950 career yards) he would be only 1,465 yards short of passing Woods as the all-time receiver in OSU history.If Mason Rudolph pushes off the NFL Draft buzz and the duo stay put for another run next season, that feat is more than attainable.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Women’s World Cup last 16: Who will teams face?

first_imgThe Women’s World Cup group stage has ended, with tournament favourites France and the U.S. women’s team having qualified for the knockout phases with ease.The last 16 round of the competition is set to begin soon, with some of the most exciting of the action still to come.Goal  has rounded up who each team could potentially face off with in the last 16. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Which teams have qualified for the Women’s World Cup last 16? The top two placed teams from each of the six groups, plus the four best-placed third teams, will qualify for the knockout stage.The group stage is set to conclude on June 20, at which the full last 16 schedule and teams involved will be confirmed. Group Winners Runners-up Third-placed teams A France 🇫🇷 Norway 🇳🇴 Nigeria 🇳🇬 B Germany 🇩🇪 Spain 🇪🇸 China PR 🇨🇳 C Italy 🇮🇹 Australia 🇦🇺 Brazil 🇧🇷 D England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Japan 🇯🇵 N/A E Netherlands 🇳🇱 Canada 🇨🇦 Cameroon 🇨🇲 F USWNT 🇺🇸 Sweden 🇸🇪 N/A *correct as of June 20, 2019. Group A permutations Wendie Renard, France womenFrance have assured qualification to the last 16 round with three wins out of three, topping their group and earning a last 16 clash with the third-placed finisher of Group C which is Brazil.It gets increasingly interesting for France as they could potentially meet with the USWNT in the quarter-final stage, should both sides win their round of 16 clashes.Second-placed Norway , who advanced with six points, will face the runners-up of Group C which is Australia.Third-placed  Nigeria  qualified to set up a meeting with Group B winners Germany.Group B permutations Germany finished top of their group with ease, registering three straight victories against China, Spain and South Africa, and will face Nigeria.Runners-up Spain  finished above third-placed China based on goal difference and will meet with the USWNT.China , who have guaranteed a top-four third-placed finish with their draw against Spain, will face off against Italy, the winners of Group C.Group C permutations The standings of Group C were not confirmed until the final matchday, with Italy  topping their group followed by Australia in second place Brazil qualifying as the third-ranked team.Italy will meet with the third-placed finisher of B which is China.Group C runners-up Australia will go on to face Norway in the round of 16, while third-placed Brazil setting up a meeting with Group A winners France.Group D permutations England  and  Japan  have qualified in Group D, with the Lionesses having topped their group with three straight wins.Phil Neville’s side will clash with third place of Group E or F, which will be Cameroon or Chile.Second-place finisher Japan will then face the winners of Group E, which is the Netherlands.The third-place Group D finisher Argentina did not qualify to make it to the knockout phases.Group E permutations The likes of the Netherlands and Canada  have confirmed their qualification, finishing in first and second place respectively.The winner of Group E (the Netherlands) will face the runners-up of Group D, which is Japan.The Group E runner-up (Canada) will then face the runner-up of Group F, which will be either the USWNT or Sweden.The third place Group E finisher ( Cameroon ) will set up a clash with Group D winners England.Group F permutations Carli Lloyd USWNT 2019The USWNT may have an aggregate score of 16-0 after their first two group games, annihilating both Thailand and Chile, and topped their group after defeating Sweden 2-0 in their final group game.They will meet with Spain in the next round, setting up a potential quarter-final battle with France should both sides win their last 16 games.The Group F runners-up Sweden will then meet with the Group E runners-up Canada.Neither Chile or Thailand qualified for the knockout stages as the third-ranked team.last_img read more

College Football Player Arrested On Domestic Battery Charges

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A major college football player has been arrested on domestic battery charges today.Illinois redshirt freshman defensive lineman Lere Oladipo was reportedly arrested Sunday morning and later released on bail.Illini Inquirer had the details:Illinois redshirt freshman defensive tackle Lere Oladipo was booked in Champaign County Jail at 1:42 a.m. Sunday morning on a charge of domestic battery. He was released on Sunday on $1,000 bail.Oladipo’s criminal arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday.Illinois team spokesman Kent Brown told Illini Inquirer on Sunday afternoon: “We’re aware of the situation and report but still gathering information.”Oladipo was a three-star recruit coming out of high school. He played in the team’s loss to Maryland on Saturday.Stay tuned.last_img read more

New Viola Desmond bank note shines spotlight on Halifaxs historic north end

first_imgHALIFAX – The new Canadian bank note honouring Viola Desmond had a satisfying surprise for many African-Nova Scotians: an unexpected shout-out to Halifax’s historic north end, home to one of Canada’s oldest black communities.“I’m ecstatic about it,” said Irvine Carvery, a prominent north ender who was thrilled to discover when the $10 bill was unveiled last week that it included a map of the community he has lived in his whole life.“I just think it’s a wonderful way to advertise the north end and the people that live in the north end.”The bill cements Desmond’s status as a civil rights icon for her refusal to leave the whites-only section of a movie theatre while visiting New Glasgow, N.S., in 1946.But behind her portrait, the bank note features a historic map of Halifax’s north end that pays tribute to another aspect of her pioneering legacy — her community and her entrepreneurship.The map includes the stretch of Gottingen Street, the north end’s main drag, where the beautician opened a salon as part of a business that would eventually expand into her own line of cosmetics and a beauty school, which allowed her to mentor black women from across the country.“This historic community in Halifax was where Viola Desmond lived and worked, and served as a source of invaluable support during her struggle for justice,” the Bank of Canada says in its materials on the new bank note.“This artistic rendering of a historic map shows the waterfront, Citadel and Gottingen Street, the thoroughfare where Vi’s Studio of Beauty Culture was located.”Sylvia Parris, CEO of the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute, which advocates for education issues affecting African-Nova Scotians, said Desmond’s story is emblematic of the historic Halifax community’s strength, resiliency and self-sufficiency.“I think this is actually a way for the (north end) … to be seen as having its kind of own identity,” said Parris.“When people are looking at the money and kind of having a conversation … they can start to look more deeply into north-end Halifax and learn more about the community.”The north end was home to Africville, which was founded in the 1800s with many residents former slaves and black Loyalists. But residents were forced to relocate when the community was ordered razed by Halifax council in the late 1960s, and many moved into public housing elsewhere in the north end.Historically, the north end has been populated by black-owned businesses, Carvery said, but many of them shut down in the wake of the civil rights movement that Desmond helped spur as an unintended consequence of desegregation.“I would hope that (the bill) is going to inspire … young black entrepreneurs to take a look at that whole history of black business ownership and inspire them,” said Carvery, 65, a former chair of Halifax’s school board.He said the black community’s entrepreneurial history has particular resonance as the north end reckons with the forces of gentrification, which have transformed the neighbourhood in recent years with an influx of new business owners.The commercial shift has led some to call on new stores to hire longtime north-end residents, but Carvery said he hopes African-Nova Scotians will take after Desmond and start their own businesses so they can employ other members of the community.“I think (Desmond’s story) harkens back to a Gottingen Street that we’d all like to see again,” said Patty Cuttell-Busby, executive director of the North End Business Association. “One where there is lots of diversity in the businesses that are owned in the area.”Cuttell-Busby said she hopes Desmond’s role as a national ambassador for the north end will be a boon to businesses in the area, while also inspiring the next generation of black owners.But in addition to the bill’s empowering message, Carvery — who was among those forced to relocate from Africville — said he sees the monetary spotlight on the north end as a rebuke to a city that has long neglected the district, and at times, mistreated its black residents.The city offered a formal apology for Africville in 2010 as part of a multi-million-dollar settlement with former residents, but Carvery said the forced displacement still casts a long shadow over the black community’s relationship with municipal government.“For the north end to end up on the $10 bill is kind of like, ‘In your face,’” he said.last_img read more

Salvation Army has been receiving generous help from the community

first_imgHuskies – Fill a bus, was more successful than the year previousSafeway – Donated four tons of foodFSJ Senior Flyers – Teddy Bear Toss, received a couple hundred bearsCentury 21 – Toy Drive, saw the most toys this year and sponsored 21 hampers (Independently purchased the food, gift cards and toys. $165 value per hamper)ATCO Two Rivers Camp – Donated $2500 purchased food from the Wholesale ClubDoig First Nations – Donated $2500Giant Power Tong – Donated 100 TurkeysButcher Block – Donated 150 HamsC&V Trailer Rentals – Donated the use of a Trailer to pick up the donations“With every added donation we are able to help more people,” said Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Salvation Army. “Big efforts have been put forth by a lot of people to make this all happen.”The Red Kettle Campaign continues and spaces are still available to volunteer.If you are interested in Volunteering for the Red Kettle Campaign call the Volunteer Coordinator Tatiana (250) 261-1933Salvation Army FB Page CLICK HEREFor more information on the Red Kettle Campaign CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Salvation Army has been building their 165 Christmas Hampers that they could not have done without the generous help of this Community.In the past month, several organizations and businesses have come together to help provide food and gifts to create a successful Christmas Hamper Campaign.Some of the community support has been received through;last_img read more

US targets agriculture online purchases in list of general NAFTA goals

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has released its goals for a new North American Free Trade Agreement: it’s a list of broad themes, with some hints of irritants ahead.The U.S. says it wants better access for its exports of agriculture — including dairy products, wine and grain. It also wants freer trade in telecommunications, and online purchases; new rules on currency manipulation; and an overhaul of the dispute-settlement system.“President Trump continues to fulfill his promise to renegotiate NAFTA to get a much better deal for all Americans,” U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.“Too many Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs, and broken political promises. Under President Trump’s leadership, (our office) will negotiate a fair deal… President Trump is reclaiming American prosperity and making our country great again.”The demand on online purchases could pit Canadian consumers versus bricks-and-mortar retailers: the U.S. wants to increase, by 40 times, the amount Canadians can shop online without paying an import tax.Canada has one of the least permissive duty systems in the world and will be urged to increase its duty-free limit to $800 from the current $20, according to the document released Monday by the U.S. trade czar.The 16-page list contains some elements that might appear contradictory or confusing.It says the U.S. will demand more opportunities for American suppliers for government procurement abroad, but at the same time insist on preserving Buy American rules that limit opportunities to foreigners.It also calls for the elimination of the dispute-settlement system that has ruled in favour of Canada on softwood lumber. But it’s unclear how it would want to replace Chapter 19 — which was a make-or-break issue for Canada in original trade talks.Canadian negotiators walked away from the table over that dispute-settlement issue, and later, on the final evening of the negotiations, then-prime minister Brian Mulroney informed the U.S. there would be no deal unless it agreed to an international arbitration system.Monday’s release came as no surprise to the Canadian government.The Prime Minister’s Office was in touch with the White House — sources say it was given a heads-up in advance of the release. Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she was prepared to start negotiating.“We welcome the opportunity to modernize NAFTA to reflect new realities — and to integrate progressive, free, and fair approaches to trade and investment,” she said in a statement.“When negotiations begin, we will be ready to work with our partners to modernize NAFTA, while defending Canada’s national interest and standing up for our values. Canada is the top customer of the United States. Canada buys more goods from the U.S. than China, Japan, and the United Kingdom combined.”NAFTA talks are expected to begin on or around Aug. 16.The Canadian government will not produce a similar public list. It’s not a requirement under Canadian law, as it is in the U.S.Now U.S. lawmakers will have a say. They must be consulted throughout the negotiating process, and will ultimately have to vote on any deal.Tuesday could provide an early test of the mood on Capitol Hill, when the House of Representatives holds a hearing on NAFTA. read more

American Center in Colombo closed as US shuts down again

“The American Center in Colombo is closed until further notice,” the Embassy said. The American Center in Colombo has been closed as the US Government shut down for the second time this year.The US Embassy in Colombo said that scheduled passport and visa services at the US Embassy will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits. The US Government officially shut down for the second time this year because Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget. The American Center in Colombo closed last month as well as the US Government shut down but later resumed normal operations.Operations were back to normal last month after the US Government partial shutdown ended after Republicans and Democrats voted for a temporary funding bill. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Air travel to be made even safer under UNbacked roadmap of best

“Analysis of recent accidents in regions with poorer safety records show that nearly all were caused by previously well-understood factors with equally well-understood mitigating actions,” the Global Aviation Safety Roadmap says in its introduction.It seeks to establish one level of aviation safety worldwide by setting forth a whole series of “best practices” for meeting goals in 12 main focus areas, including implementation of international standards, regulatory oversight, incident and accident investigation, safety management systems and sufficient qualified personnel. For instance, it cites two reasons typically underlying inconsistent implementation of international standards – lack of capability and lack of will. The former can be addressed by international aid, while the latter may require enforcement such as preventing operators in non-conforming States from flying internationally or those in conforming States from operating in non-conforming States. “With air travel already being the safest form of transportation, the challenge to industry and regulatory agencies is to make an already safe system safer,” the Roadmap says.The initiative stems from a 2005 meeting between the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Air Navigation Commission and industry representatives where it was acknowledged that further enhancements to aviation safety required better alignment of strategies and coordination of efforts by all concerned. Part 1 of the Roadmap covering the focus areas was delivered to ICAO in December 2005 and subsequently endorsed by a Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation of ICAO Contracting States in March 2006. Part 2 covering implementation was presented to ICAO this week.The Roadmap was produced by the Industry Safety Strategy Group composed of the International Air Transport Association, Airbus, Boeing, Airports Council International, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation, the Flight Safety Foundation and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations. read more

UN detained Fijian peacekeepers in Golan released in good condition

The world body had earlier announced today that the 45 Fijian peacekeepers were released and are in good condition. The peacekeepers, who serve with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), were detained two weeks ago by armed elements of the opposition in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed groups. The UN said in a note issued to the media that the Fijians were handed to UNDOF at 2:30 p.m. local time. All the 45 peacekeepers are in good condition and will undergo medical assessment.In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban appreciated the efforts of all concerned to secure their safe release.“The Secretary-General emphasizes to all parties the impartiality of United Nations peacekeepers. UNDOF is on the ground to monitor the Disengagement of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria,” said the statement, adding that the UN chief demands that all parties respect UNDOF’s mandate, freedom of movement and the safety and security of its personnel.Peacekeepers serving with UNDOF monitor the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. In June, the Security Council extended the mission’s mandate until 31 December 2014.As of 31 July 2014, there are 1,223 peacekeepers from six countries – Fiji, India, Ireland, Nepal, Netherlands, and the Philippines – serving in UNDOF. read more

Lawmaker Says School Mascot Scrappy the Owl Was Wrong

Five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders take a knee during the national anthem prior to a college football game against North Greenville, in Kennesaw, Ga. The group of cheerleaders from the college in Georgia say they’ll take a knee in the stadium tunnel when the national anthem is played at Saturday’s homecoming game since their university moved them off the field after an earlier demonstration. (Cory Hancock/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker says Scrappy the Owl, the mascot at the university where five cheerleaders have been kneeling during the national anthem, had no business leading students in a march through campus to support the cheerleaders.The five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders vow to kneel in the stadium tunnel when the anthem is played at Saturday’s homecoming football game. They were moved off-field after an earlier protest.Republican state Rep. Earl Ehrhart chairs the House subcommittee in charge of funding Georgia’s public universities.He tells The Marietta Daily Journal that Scrappy’s participation in Monday’s rally supporting the so-called Kennesaw Five was inappropriate.The lawmaker says that unless any group can solicit the owl’s services for protests, the taxpayer-funded mascot shouldn’t have been used.Video from WXIA-TV shows the mascot voicing his support. read more

The end of doctor knows best as medics are told to let

first_imgWe can no longer be the judge of what we tell patientsLeslie Hamilton, RCS Doctors should no longer tell  patients which medical treatments they need to have and must instead set out the options and let people decide for themselves, according to guidelines published today.In an attempt to avoid hospitals being sued, doctors are being told to stop treating patients with a “paternalistic” attitude and to let them make their own decisions about treatments.In a shift away from the “doctor knows best” culture, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has released new guidelines which say that clinicians should take patients through every possible option – even if they believe some will have disadvantages.It comes after a Supreme Court judgment awarded a diabetic mother £5 million after her baby was born with disabilities because, she claimed, medics failed to advise her of the risks of natural birth over a caesarean. Surgeons Announcing new guidance, the RCS said that, as a result of the court ruling, doctors “can no longer be the judge of what we tell patients”.Patient safety groups welcomed the move as a “step towards modernity”. The changes, however, threaten a major organisational challenge for the NHS after doctors already adhering to the new procedures reported their consultation times had doubled.NHS practice has previously been to give doctors wide discretion in what information they provide to patients, with typical custom being only to mention risks that are particularly serious or which have a more than 1 per cent statistical likelihood of occurring.Leslie Hamilton, the RCS council member who drew up the new guidance, said the surgical profession needed a “culture change”.He said: “We can no longer be the judge of what we tell patients. We feel that the NHS and doctors in general haven’t really woken up to this yet, which is why we are bringing out this guidance now.” Previous rules meant consent could be taken by someone technically trained to conduct the procedure being discussed, although Mr Hamilton said in practice legal written approval was often taken amid a “flurry of activity” on the day of the operation.Since 2008, General Medical Council rules have stated that doctors should not make assumptions about the information a patient might need, but Mr Hamilton said many surgeons adhered to the traditional method.“The NHS is under huge pressure and seeing more patients than ever,” he said. “It’s not hard to see how in many hospitals gaining a patient’s consent has become a tick-box exercise.” The new guidance means a senior surgeon with experience of a range of procedures on offer must find the time to talk through the options in detail.Shafi Ahmed, a cancer specialist and RCS council member, said adopting the new approach had lengthened his typical consultation from 20 minutes to nearer 40.He added, however, that the rate of follow-up consultations had fallen significantly and trusts could adapt to the new rules if they were “smart”. Surgeons say the impact could be that they have less time to see patients Credit:Christopher Furlong /Getty NHS trusts in England paid out more than £1.4 billion during 2015-16, according to the NHS Litigation Authority.The RCS guidance states that written information on diagnosis and available treatments should be provided to patients, and they should be given enough time to make an informed decision, wherever possible, and when it is not adverse to their health.Surgeons must also keep a “written decision-making record that contains a contemporaneous documentation of the key points of the consent discussion”.“For the NHS generally, we’re going to have to change the way we do the clinics,” said Mr Hamilton.“It will be difficult for surgeons who have to think ‘I need more time or I need to see fewer patients’.”center_img Peter Walsh, chief executive of the patient safety charity Action Against Medical Accidents, said the consent process currently could be “very cursory”.“Patients are far too often having consent forms thrust in their face at the last minute,” he said.“Some doctors haven’t moved with the times and there is a culture issue that needs to be addressed. This is a welcome step in the right direction.” The announcement came as it was revealed that Britain has proportionately fewer than half the doctors of some other EU countries, according to a report which says hospitals are struggling to cope amid “dangerous levels of alienation” felt by staff.The General Medical Council said medics felt under growing pressure, with falling numbers amid an ageing workforce and rising numbers of part-time workers.The watchdog’s annual report expresses concern that “anger and frustration” among junior doctors, following a year of industrial action, could add to the problems of a service under severe strain. It added the signs of distress were now “unmistakable” and threatened patient care.Its report shows that Britain has fewer doctors per head of population than almost every other European country, with half the number of medics as Spain, and far fewer medics than Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Britain now has 2.7 doctors per 1,000 people, compared with 4.1 in Portugal and Lithuania, 4.2 in Norway and 4.9 in Spain, the statistics disclose. It comes after a case in which a woman’s baby was born with disabilities after, she claimed, doctors failed to advise her of the risks of natural birth over a caesarean Some doctors haven’t moved with the times and there is a culture issue that needs to be addressed. This is a welcome step in the right directionPeter Walsh, Action Against Medical Accidents Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pregnant woman last_img read more

Nurse spared jail after pocketing £25000 from NHS job she had left

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court… Sarah Merry, 35, pocketed more than £25,000 as she continued to receive her monthly wages for a hospital job she was no longer doing. The mother of one failed to tell her former bosses about the payments – and spent the money on family trips abroad and watching football and rugby. A nurse who kept quiet about being paid double her wages by the NHS for nearly 18 months has escaped jail after admitting theft.  A court heard the blunders were only discovered when health chiefs carried out a review into salary payments. NHS Counter Fraud specialists then carried out an investigation – and diabetes specialist nurse Merry admitted receiving the money and spending it. read more

IntelliSense Lab for mining and metallurgy digitalisation in Kazakhstan

first_imgIntelliSense Lab was officially launched at the “annual Kazakhstan Industrialization Day address”, by President Nursultan Nazarbayev., an innovation partner for the global mining and natural resources industry, and Tech Garden, the leading Central Asian innovation cluster, have partnered to create IntelliSense Lab, a joint venture to deploy Industry 4.0 technologies to aid Digital Transformation in the Kazakh mining industry.The partnership provides Kazakhstan with a significant competitive edge, and is one of 18 projects in the region announced by the Kazakhstan Ministry of Investment and Development. Based in Almaty, IntelliSense Lab’s first major initiative is the launch of the SMOC (Smart Monitoring & Optimisation Center) for the mining industry. By utilising, the Real Time Decision Making Platform, IntelliSense Lab will work proactively with Kazakh mining companies to ensure their mine to market processes run efficiently against mining variability, and will introduce new approaches to optimise operations. The Lab will leverage’s success in the Chilean mining industry to deliver cross industry process and equipment performance benchmarks.The IntelliSense Lab also offers end to end solutions involving devices, networking and software application capabilities from a single platform. The Lab will strategically support the technology ecosystem development in Kazakhstan, by building new sensors using the ARM Mbed platform combined with’s applications platform targeting mining and other industry 4.0 sectors.Sam Bose, CEO of, commented “The IntelliSense Lab is an exciting development. It’s the first of its kind in Kazakhstan and Central Asia and I believe it will play a critical role in the digitisation efforts of the mining industry in the country and across the region.’s portfolio of Optimisation as a Service (OaaS) applications that are delivered through our real time decision making platform have been successfully deployed across mining operations in South America and we are excited to partner with Tech Garden and share our best practices and experience in the sector.”Autonomous cluster fund “Innovative Technologies Park” (Tech Garden) has the status of a nonprofit institution. The Chairman of the Management Committee is the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Abdirovich Sagintayev. The Fund consolidates existing potential and R&D infrastructure in Almaty and the Special Economic Zone (PIT), transfers 1% of total annual revenue from subsoil users to fund innovative projects, focuses on creating Technology Centres based on transnational corporations and attracting critical mass of is a Cambridge (UK) based provider of Optimisation as a Service (OaaS) applications for the Natural Resources Industries. The company’s applications are delivered from its Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered real-time decision-making platform (, through a No Capital Expenditure model. These applications have been deployed in the Mining industry across Latin America and Kazakhstan for base and precious metal mining operations.last_img read more

SEHA RK Vardar win first place in regular part of the season

6.Gorenje Velenje13409349 : 37512 3.Celje Piv. Laško161006493 : 48330 8.Metalurg143110354 : 37410 9.Tatran Prešov143110362 : 42210 ← Previous Story VIDEO: TOP 10 goals of France 2017! Next Story → Veszprem’s sport director, Eklemovic: Vranjes is Mourinho of handball! 5.Meshkov Brest15825447 : 41226 RK Vardar Skopje won the first place at the regular part of the season in SEHA GAZPROM League by beating RK Gorenje 31:28 (13:13) after great battle in Velenje! The Macedonian champions will have a chance to fight for their third title in regional competition at SEHA Final 4 and to get, on the paper, easier rival on the score in direct encounters after 17 matches.Home team, on the wings of fantastic goalkeeper Klemen Ferlin (16 saves) gave strong resistance to clear favorites from Skopje until the last minute of the match. Decisive was 4:0 series of Macedonians in the last four minutes, which finally stopped Slovenian team led by Borut Plaskan, who showed a great fighting spirit in match which didn’t mean a lot in terms of placement as RK Gorenje already lost all the chances to qualify for SEHA Final4.“Rdeca dvorana” was on fire in 56th minute when Blaz Klec netted for 28:27 lead of home team, but strong defensive performance in the most decisive moments of the clash and two goals of Vuko Borozan made turnover on the “red-black” side. The 22-years old Montenegrian shooter netted six goals, two less than Timur Dibirov (8), while Arpad Sterbik had 12 saves in total at the end.On the other side, Luka Mitrovic and Nejc Cehte shared title of “TOP scorer” with six goals each.Telekom Veszprem won two matches in 24 hours against RK Metalurg 33:21 and HRK Izvidjac 36:31.STANDINGS: 1.Vardar171421566 : 48344 7.Nexe14338385 : 41212 2.Veszprem171322489 : 43041 10.Izviđač CO151014420 : 5103 RK Vardar Skopjeseha gazprom league 4.PPD Zagreb13913367 : 33128 read more

Oscar Pistorius Blade Runner first amputee to qualify for ablebodied Athletic World

first_imgOscar Pistorius via Oscarpistorius.comRunning is a difficult sport. Running with no legs is even more difficult. Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, has overcome all odds in the running world by using a pair of Flex Foot Cheetahs manufactured by Össur, an Icelandic orthopedics company. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Pistorius has recently qualified for the World Athletic Championships.Pistorius’ qualification is a first in the history of the sport. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) initially issued a ban on the use of prosthetics because a series of scientific tests found that he expended less energy than able-bodied athletes because of the prosthetic legs. Pistorius appealed the decision, and was vindicated when the ban was lifted.His use of the Flex Foot Cheetahs has earned him the name “Blade Runner” and the support of many. Last month, he competed in Lignano, Italy in the 400m race. He clocked 45.07 seconds, besting his previous record and qualifying him for the championships.The cut-off for Olympic qualification is 45.25 seconds. He’ll have to run under that time again by January 2012 in order to be selected for the South African Olympic team. If the video below is any indication, the Blade Runner stands a good chance.The decision to overturn the ban is a significant one, but it could raise concerns as to how much technology can and will be allowed in sports, not just running. Perhaps a team of super-fast runners infused with technology will take to the track sometime in the future.More at Oscar Pistorius, via BBClast_img read more